July 7: IT is a flab-bergasting fact. One in every five adult Malaysians is either overweight or obese. The sudden spurt in the incidence of obesity may well lend it the infamous distinction as the century''s leading national health problem.
Health Ministry parliament secretary S. Sothinathan said the ministry was monitoring daily the advertisements of slimming products in both the print and electronic media to identify misleading information.
The Government has banned Bestrim, a slimming product found to contain the harmful substance fenfluramine besides nicotinamide and caffeine, which are disallowed in the preparation of traditional products.